The Crystal Card Project of Sun Lakes

UCC Card Ministry Team (left to right): Betty Hertlein, Linda Stone, Shelley Brandenburg, Roberta Gray, Nancy Engle, Beverly Ward

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Creation Cards Project is an offshoot of The Crystal Card Project of Sun Lakes, AZ. In contrast to the large Sun Lakes project, the Creation Cards Project was born in the tiny city of High Hill, Missouri, population 195.

In the larger Sun Lakes community, many residents are snowbirds. One such snowbird resident, Linda Stone, after learning card repurposing skills as part of The Crystal Card Project team, was able to inspire a sister card project at United Church of Christ in High Hill. Named Creation Card Project, the project is just one and a half years old.

The repurposed cards made in High Hill were first labeled Re-Creation Cards. The card workers then began hand embossing the donated card envelopes to improve their appearance. The church council provided a large card display rack where the cards could be sold to the congregation in the narthex each Sunday for $1.00 each.

The card label was changed this year to Creation Cards after more of card making skills were gained, making it possible to create some original cards. Both original and repurposed cards were then taken to shops in the region, were well received and are being sold at $2.00 and $3.00.

The UCC card ministry project has slowly progressed from its birth to its infancy. Encouraged by shop owners that budding projects like theirs take time to catch on in retail markets, the card workers persist in their efforts in hopes that they will be able to contribute more to charity in time. The total earnings from the project is now approaching $1,000, not a bad income for an infant.

Creation Card Project of High Hill extends much gratitude for the sisterly outreach and continued guidance of The Crystal Card Project of Sun Lakes.

To find out more about The Crystal Card Project here in Sun Lakes, including how you can become involved and perhaps inspire a similar program in your home town, go to